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The Scale Is Not Budging

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Well, I'm glad to be consistent in tracking and most days I am at `1300 calories. Sometimes somewhat less, sometimes a little more. But, my goodness, I should be losing something! I mean, I weigh 265.2, and have for some time now. My BMR is higher than my intake - so I wonder what is going on..... I am stressed. I am *not* sleeping well, sometimes my water is down a little, and my exercise could use a boost. But - really, I ask myself - I'm been tracking and following this since mid April, and I have lost only 15 pounds. I ask myself, for someone as heavy as me -- should I not have lost more already?
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  • 68ANNE
    I sat for over six months at one weight, doing all the tracking and stuff. I am now convinced that I did not move as much as I though and that I wasn't tracking accurately. Not enough sleep will wreck it for you too
    1697 days ago
    15 pounds is certainly a good start. Just take it one day at the time. You will get there. Stress does interfere. I snack more if I have stress going on also.
    1697 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Stress can honestly kill weight loss because of the cortisol it produces.
    1698 days ago
    You are probably eating more than you think you are. It's nearly impossible to track calories exactly, and calorie expenditure calculations are always an estimate.

    Of course, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor to rule out any medical causes
    1698 days ago
    Are you retaining fluid? check your sodium in take. emoticon
    1698 days ago
    You've got some good advice from some savvy people below!
    1698 days ago
    Certainly the sleep and stress may be factors, but the bottom line is you are doing what you need to do for your health more than anything else. You are stronger than that scale! Stay the course and the pounds are bound to go!

    Besides, there is something to be said for maintenance as opposed to GAINING weight...that in itself is a victory!

    1699 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Hmm... I would be curious too! I just did a quick tally for 6 days past (not including today 8/24) from your shared food log:

    1750 - 8/23
    1261 - 8/22
    1164 - 8/21
    1929 - 8/20
    1370 - 8/19
    1327 - 8/18

    Total = 8801 for 6 days
    When divided by 6 (because I tallied 6 days) you're averaging 1466.8333 calories a day.
    So that's 166.8333 calories more per day than you may realize... (if you're trying to stay around 1300 calories per day) and a possible explanation for why the scale may not be moving!

    Have your measurements changed? Even though the scale has not moved for me the last 10 days, I did lose 1.5 inches and as long as I keep doing all the things I promised myself I would, I will eventually get there!

    I also track my Sodium in the nutritional tracker because there is hidden sodium in so many things and you may not even realize how much you're actually getting.

    If you're not drinking all your water, your body may be hanging onto water weight...!

    Also, if you're not working out according to the schedule that SP gave you, you may be eating too many calories because the calorie amount given to you is based on you working out X number of times a week.

    Keep doing all the things you need to do for yourself and you will get there!

    1699 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2013 7:07:30 PM
    Weight loss depends on so many factors. You may have some thyroid issues, or insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome. I have to exercise and eat right to lose weight. One or the other is not enough for me.
    1699 days ago
    Plateaus are so frustrating! I'm not sure what the answer is. I agree with what MadeIt said. Stress and lack of sleep will mess up your good intentions, but they can be hard to change. Maybe add some more fresh fruits and veggies. Just don't give up!
    1699 days ago
    Everyone is different. The fact that you're stressed and not sleeping and maybe not moving enough through the day may have something to do with the fact that you're not losing. It may also have something to do with food choices - how many carbs you eat, how much fat you're not eating, it's almost always a puzzle. And, it's not a matter of how many calories make a pound. If you're eating right and moving enough, the next thing to try is to reduce your stress level and sleep more. Easy to say but difficult to do.

    I know a lot of folks will suggest that you see a doctor. The question always is for me, will my doctor take this seriously?

    Please keep posting and don't give up. You will find answers! Hugs.
    1699 days ago
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